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The Commercial Agents Regulations: a step behind the times?

By Alex Williamson The Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations 1993 (the Regulations) are 25 years old this year. An evaluation by the European Commission concluded in 2015 that the underlying Commercial Agents Directive (the Directive) still met its objectives and functioned well. However, a recent Court of Appeal decision has shown that the legislation is struggling to […]

Exclusion clauses under the spotlight: UCTA reasonableness

By Perran Jervis In decisions handed down one day apart, the Court of Appeal concluded that a far-reaching exclusion clause which limited liability for negligence was reasonable under the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977 (UCTA), whereas an exclusion clause in a lease (in the form of a non-reliance clause) was not. The decisions emphasise that […]

Currency, cost calculations and contractual clarity

Walker Morris’ Head of Commercial Dispute Resolution, Gwendoline Davies, highlights the importance of dealing comprehensively and clearly with matters of currency and calculation in cross-border contracts…

Belgian draft Trade Secrets Act: opportunities for the life sciences sector

On 8 June 2016, the EU Trade Secrets Directive was adopted. The main purpose of the Directive was to harmonise and enhance the protection of trade secrets EU-wide and to thus create an innovation-friendly environment for businesses. The EU Member States had to implement this Directive by 9 June 2018. Belgium missed the deadline, but […]

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In brief: Garrett & Co name drops to be Garretts

Garrett & Co, the national chain of law firms associated with the accountants Arthur Andersen, is changing its name to Garretts. The firm said it made the change “because we are already known as this in the marketplace and because it has a modern feel”. It has also brought out a new brochure to mark […]

Earnings leap for lawyers at top American companies

A survey of in-house legal officers for multi-billion dollar US companies has revealed a 20 per cent increase in average pay for 1996, a rate which outstrips increases for any other group of executives in this sector and pushes their earnings through the one million dollar mark. The report, published by consultants Pearl Meyer & […]

Law Soc election hopefuls close to a deal

Discussions over Easter look likely to have sealed a three-way Law Society presidential election ticket between Phillip Sycamore, Michael Mathews and Robert Sayer. When The Lawyer went to press, Sayer was still deliberating over Sycamore’s surprise offer for him to stand with him as his deputy vice-president and treasurer in this year’s elections. But there […]

In brief: Dundas & Wilson demerger criticised

Edinburgh firm Brodies has publicly criticised rival firm Dundas & Wilson’s decision to demerge from its private client department. Its statement suggests that Dundas & Wilson, which is in merger talks with the Andersens legal network, was forced into a demerger because of the talks. Brodies’ statement reads: “Doubtless under pressure from their intended ‘owners’ […]

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 01/04/97

Jeremy Paul Andrew Reichelt, 40, admitted 1983, practising as Jeremy Reichelt & White, Peckham, London SE15, suspended indefinitely and ordered to pay £917 costs. Allegations substantiated that he failed to deliver accountant’s reports subject to conditions imposed on his practising certificate and/or an accountant’s report confirming he had ceased to hold client funds. Tribunal told […]

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